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A colleague of mine wrote something along the lines of:

One of our more popular employees

It seems wrong to me, shouldn't we say:

One of our most popular employees

I think we should use most and not more, as these employees are not compared to something else (more popular, than who?)

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  • Believe it or not, in your language is the same situation. Jun 16, 2017 at 18:18
  • You're right, I had approximately the same thought the other day.
    – Damien
    Jun 18, 2017 at 18:18

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One of our most popular employees

Most is superlative, meaning if something is described by most there is nothing "more" than it. So here you are saying this person is in the group of employees that are at the highest level of popularity compared to anyone else.

One of our more popular employees

Here you are just saying this employee is more popular than others, but not really providing a lot of details as to how many employees are more or less popular than him/her.

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  • Indeed. Of course note that both terms are vague ways to praise someone without saying anything definite enough to need substantiating. :) Jun 16, 2017 at 13:52
  • So the use of "One of" means that we can say both version?
    – Damien
    Jun 16, 2017 at 13:59
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    Both are grammatical but they have different meanings. But both can be used to praise someone like @LukeSawczak says. The most is stronger praise than more.
    – LawrenceC
    Jun 16, 2017 at 13:59

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